Nou Camp side finally set to land long term Emirates Stadium target.
Sky Sports sources understand Barcelona have on Wednesday made a renewed bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
The Catalan club are believed to be confident a deal can be wrapped up before the weekend, having upped their previous package offer of €35million (£30.7million).
Arsenal dismissed that offer and are believed to be standing firm over their £40million valuation, but are reportedly resigned to losing the 24-year-old Spaniard.
And the Gunners are thought to want an agreement to be reached soon to provide them time to find a replacement before the summer transfer window closes on August 31st.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Influential Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has confirmed on his twitter account that “FCB will pay 40m euros (30 fixed+5 variables+5m that Cesc will take off wages). Only little details to confirm but been told done by weekend”.
If this deal is done then clearly the Arsenal board will have a lot of questions to answer. The North London club had reportedly been holding out for at least £40m but now look likely to accept less and given that the original valuation was probably less than the Spanish international’s value in today’s market, some may say that the Gunners have caved in.
Barcelona were reportedly struggling to raise the cash to meet Arsenal’s original asking price but then they forked out a huge fee to bring in Alexis Sanchez from Udinese so one wonders if finances have ever really been an issue at all.
Wenger is also struggling to keep Samir Nasri at the club and having already lost Gael Clichy to Man City Arsenal fans may wonder why then that the only experienced addition to the club’s squad this summer comes in the form of Lille striker Gervinho, not exactly a ‘marquee’ signing.
If Arsenal do lose both Nasri and Fabregas then there will be many supporters who will further doubt the ambitions of a club that has perhaps become happy with a top four finish and a bit of a cup run. After six years of relative failure it is fair to say that Wenger’s position at the club may come under pressure if the season doesn’t start smoothly.